Many people in the last hundreds of years did come in (on the strength of) the name of Jesus Christ. In the seventies I also followed some people who seemed to have a good attitude and who tried to build up a world of peace. I went to several meetings in the City of London and saw how they preached all over the country with fire. But after some months of connection I got to know their leader more and was surprised that he presented himself as the returned Messiah. Mr Moon without any blush on his face proclaimed that he was the messiah or Jesus who came back on this earth. For me that was the big red sign to leave this group of enthusiast readers of the Word of God who lived in poverty but had a leader who lived in an enormous wealth. To me it had seriously looked truthful that he wanted to get a peace movement going also because in 1975 he had sponsored one of the largest peaceful gatherings in history (1.2 million people) in Yoido, South Korea. That same year, he sponsored a rally of 300,000 by the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.
Through the years I came to see that there where more figures who proclaimed that they were sent ones from God. They, like so many others, spoke about the times of the past and the times to come. Luckily for us Jesus had warned us to look out for doomsday deceivers. He said already to his apostles that many leaders were going to show up with forged identities, claiming, ‘I am Christ, the Messiah. “They will deceive a lot of people.”Christ Jesus warned and added that when reports come in of wars and rumoured wars, we had to keep our head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places. This is nothing compared to what is coming. But Jesus in his short active life of teaching gave a reasonable well picture for us how to recognise that we could come closer to those end-times. In the confusion, lying preachers will come forward and deceive a lot of people. For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will do them in—nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes. Staying with it — that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved. All during this time, the good news — the Message of the kingdom — will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come we are told. (Matthew 24:1-14)
We have faced the time that children went against their elders, we are in a time when adults enjoy the sex just for the pleasure and not as much for loving the other and without taking the responsibilities for the children who could come out of their physical actions. We have seen that the prophesy of the beginning of the Great Battle, starting at the place of the Garden of Eden, the country of the Two Streams, the Euphrates and Tigris got attention throughout the whole world. Iraq and Iran started the war which should have opened the eyes of many Christians, knowing their Sacred Books.Next would come the increase of floods (tsunamis), earthquakes and several natural disasters. On top of that human beings would not show much respect any more for the Creation for the Most High. People also would start fighting against each other and would use religions as excuse to confront each other with violence.The prophet Daniel in his chapter 8-12 gives the world a clear picture of what would happen in those times when the end would come near. More authoritarian figures would want to pressure their ideas on to the world where religions would come against religions.
Two years ago in several Muslim countries people tried to get some change and in Egypt and Syria citizens took to the street, shouting out loud calling for the needed freedom and change. The heavy sense of dictatorship and memories of the 1980s made Syrians think the wave of change in the region would never come to their country. The movement started as protests calling for more freedom and dignity escalated into a civil war. The way the government handled the events since those first days drove more and more people to oppose President Bashar al-Assad. Because the West did not do much and certainly did not think it necessary to interfere like they did in Iraq, it looks hopelessly and even has become a battle ground for some Flemish Muslims. The world can hear about more than 70,000 civilians that have been killed. The financial world looks at the cost of destruction exceeding $80bn and the fighting is far from done.
While Syrian rebels battled fighters from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah early on Sunday in a border region between the two countries, a Lebanese security official said, leaving as many as 12 fighters dead in the latest sign that Lebanon is being pulled into Syria’s lengthy civil war.
Today we see many signs talked off in the Holy Scriptures. It would not be bad to look at them in such light, to have a better opinion of what could happen and of what is really going on. In several countries we can see that there leaders are trying to exert a conservative religious Islamic view on there population. Countries where once the founder opened up the possibility for people with different religions to live peacefully together in a state free of religious restrictions can see how today the new leaders want to screw everything back to centuries ago. Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejects accusations that he would like to bring the Turkey to become an Islamic State insists that he respects all Turks and is a “servant” of the people. But from my Christadelphian brethren I received bad news. Like the once which flat this weekend was severely damaged and when they got to the police station they themselves where accused for causing the problems in Turkey and that they would better leave the country.Turkey itself does not want to know about the tens of thousands of protesters on Turkey’s streets who appear to be urban, secular Turks, frustrated by what they see as Erdogan’s close ties to development interests and his alleged attempts to force his religious outlook on them. the protesters are not even mentioned with one word on the Turkish media. But the foreign radio and television stations are coming more at the scene to hear the people their frustration and to see what is really happening. Erdogan, who has been in power since 2003 after winning three landslide elections, says the protests have been stirred up by Turkey’s opposition and extremists who are trying to force their will on the majority who backs him.
Though he has been credited with boosting economic growth in Turkey and raising the country’s international profile, he has been a divisive figure at home, with his government cracking down on journalists, passing laws to curb the sale of alcohol and taking a strong stand against the Syrian regime — a stance that some believe has put Turkey’s security at risk.
Some Turks see him as a meddler in their personal lives, speaking out against Caesarean births, telling women they should have at least three children and even advising how TV characters should behave, what they may eat or drink and where they have to be at a certain time.From my previous Christian aid-work in the 90ies I knew already about the many tortures which took place in Turkey. But instead of decreasing it seems to increase. Turkey’s Human Rights Foundation says more than 1,000 protesters were subjected “to ill-treatment and torture” by police.
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- The famine of the word
- We are ourselve responsible
- Weekly World Watch 6th – 12th June 2010
- Weekly World Watch 24th – 30th Oct 2010
- Reacting to Disasters
- Certainty in a troubled world
- Turkey vs. Israël
- Growing separation and problems in Turkey
- Unprecedented violence against protesters and social protest
- Protests in Turkey & Missiles to Syria from Russia
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- UK forces EU to lift embargo on Syria rebel arms
- Syrian capital facing total destruction in the coming months
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- Humanitarian crisis in Syria
- Relieve the current humanitarian crisis in Syria
- If You want to start winning the war
- Our stance against certain religions and immigrating people
- The dark side of our earthly existence
- Preparing for the return of Christ and the Kingdom of God on earth.
- The hands of God’s wrath
- Called ones escape
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- Toename van aardbevingen
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- Facebook has also emerged as a major source of viral Turkey content as citizen journalists use it to post videos of violent protest scenes. The Daily Dot‘s Joe Kloc has compiled some of the most widely shared street scenes.
- The blog What Is Happening in Istanbul has been rolling out updates. The leading Twitter hashtags are #direngezipark and #occupygezi. The Guardian is live-blogging the protests.
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“He wants to take Atatürk from us,” said Canberk Yigitcan, a student at Terakki High School, who has been out marching for the last three nights here in Tarabya. “He wants to be the Sultan of the Turks.” His friend — a student at Istanbul Tech — said he wants Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to apologize. “He does what he wants to do; he’s like a dictator … he’s using Islam.”
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- Turkish PM, president at odds over protests (japantimes.co.jp)
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected the protesters’ demands that he resign and dismissed the demonstrations as the work of Turkey’s opposition. President Abdullah Gul, for his part, praised the mostly peaceful protesters as expressing their democratic rights. The two men could face off next year in Turkey’s presidential election.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who has traveled to Turkey three times since becoming America’s top diplomat, said the U.S. was following the situation closely and was troubled by reports of excessive force by the police. He also said Washington is “deeply concerned” by the large number of people who have been injured.
In neighboring Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on his website that his government was worried about the security implications of the situation, saying Turkey was “an essential part of the stability of the region.”
“We believe that resorting to violence will widen the circle (of violence) . . . in the region, and we call for restraint,” he said.Iraq and Turkey share a long, mountainous border and Iraq is home to an ethnic Turkmen minority. The two countries’ relationship has been increasingly strained over growing Turkish ties to Iraq’s largely autonomous northern Kurdish region, and over Turkey’s support for the Sunni rebels fighting to topple the Syrian regime.
- Turkey’s Leader Blames Extremists for Rioting (mainbaghihoon.wordpress.com)
Speaking at a news conference before departing for Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia on an official visit, Mr. Erdogan also dismissed concerns that recent actions by the government, like newly tightened regulations on the sale and use of alcohol, were attacks on the lifestyles of secular Turks.
Opponents called Mr. Erdogan’s decision to go ahead with the overseas trip irresponsible.
President Gul spoke on Monday in Izmir, where thousands of demonstrators battled the police overnight. He underlined the importance of democratic opposition in political life.
- Polarization Gone Bad: Explaining the Anti-Government Protests in Turkey (danieljsalazar.wordpress.com)
The growing popular unrest in Turkey has garnered quite a bit of media attention in the West (the attention the protests are getting on Turkish TV is a different matter).
It is clear that Erdogan and his AKP allies are aiming to create a legacy in Turkey that is something more than electoral. The once-active ambitious bid for ascension to the E.U. A final solution to resolve the long-standing thorn in Turkey’s public image: “the Kurd problem” and the violence the war with the PKK has wrought. The Turkish economy tripling in size over the last decade. The AKP has presided over all of these accomplishments. But they’re not finished. Even before these recent assertions of state power, many saw that Erdogan is aiming for a legacy as lofty as the reputation of Ataturk, the aggressively modernist and secularist founder of the Republic of Turkey.
Yet, secular Kemalism might be giving way to the political Islam, or Islamism, of Erodgan.
- Turkey’s citizen protest comes to Bloomington (heraldtimesonline.com)
In corners of Turkey where media is inaccessible, citizens of the Middle Eastern nation are cut off from protests in Istanbul’s Gezi Park.
Bloomington, however, saw more than 60 protesters march ahead of eastbound traffic on Kirkwood Avenue Monday afternoon to support thousands of men and women in Taksim Square, the focal point of a movement in Turkey that united over the tearing down of trees in Gezi Park for a new shopping mall. Erkin Kuru, whose brother Ejder Ozgur is among the protesters in his home country, led the marchers from Indiana University’s Sample Gates, around the courthouse square and back to the gates, chanting to spread the demonstrations and assert that “Taksim Square is everywhere.”
- 1000 Wounded Several Dead in Turkey Police Crack-Down. Protesters Demand “Erdogan Step Down” (nsnbc.me)Mass protests in Turkey as well as violent police crack downs in 48 cities have resulted in approximately 1000 injured and several dead. After the AKP government of R. Tayyip Erdogan took on itself the responsibility for the most violent police crack-down the Turkish population has witnessed for decades, the protests increasingly begin to reflect the increasing popular discontent and frustrations which have been building since the AKP government came to power in Turkey.
- Harry Sterling: Turkish protests hint at something bigger (timescolonist.com)
some Western political leaders have described the Islamic-leaning government of Erdogan as proof that such supposedly “moderate” Islamic-based governments can have the same commitment to democracy and human-rights concepts cherished in Western democracies.Many such Western governments have praised the economic progress made in Turkey since Erdogan took power in 2002.
However, notwithstanding Turkey’s increased prosperity, many Turks, particularly those supporting the secular system established by Kemal Ataturk after 1923, claim Erdogan has taken various steps to undermine the secular system, especially measures introducing greater emphasis on the Muslim religion within society, including within the educational sector.
There also has been growing anger over Erdogan’s measures to place restrictions on the sale of alcohol. One issue that has created even greater animosity are his actions to muzzle the media, including imprisoning journalists under dubious security laws.
The fact Turkey has the dubious record of being the country with the most journalists imprisoned is cited as a continuing danger not just for freedom of expression in Turkey but also for fundamental human rights being fully respected for all members of society, including Turkey’s minorities, particularly its Kurdish population.
Paradoxically, Erdogan justified his support for overthrowing Syrian President Boshar Assad because he wouldn’t exercise restraint against opponents demanding more human rights.
- Hubris and nemesis, with a Turkish accent (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
Erdogan’s ultimate goal has been to circumvent term limits by modifying the constitution and taking over a beefed-up presidency, even in the face of resistance from the country’s constitutional commission and his own party.
“Erdogan once said that democracy, for him, is a bus ride … ‘once I get to my stop, I’m getting off’ ”. The destination is a soft authoritarian one-party state, clothed in democratic garb but shorn of the rights and habits that go with genuine democracy.
Turkish diplomacy with neighbours Iran and Syria has resulted only in frustration and acrimony, and in the latter case might well lead to war. The Turkish public is wary of Erdogan’s aggressive opposition to the Assad regime; many see last month’s car bombing in a border town as evidence that their government’s policy is needlessly provocative. Turkey is bruised both at home and abroad. It is too early to say, but it may eventually emerge from these experiences a more inward-looking, reticent nation.For too long, Turkey has received something of a free ride because of its status as a Nato ally and rising power. It is time that Erdogan is told, in no uncertain terms, that his bus-ride theory of democracy is unsustainable.
- What’s happening in Turkey? Protests explained (fox4kc.com)
What started as a peaceful sit-in over plans to demolish a park in central Istanbul has grown to become the biggest protest movement against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan since he was elected more than 10 years ago.